Local celebrities and their canines strutted their stuff along a runway in the gym of Grady High School on Jan. 16 during Doggies on the Catwalk.
The annual event, which pairs the celebs and their pets with original fashions by the school's Urban Couture students, is a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support. PALS, of course, is the group that started with providing care and support to the pets of HIV-positive people and later expanded its mission to include anyone with a critical illness, the disabled and elderly.
Rev Rick. Warren is in Atlanta this morning and gay activists are preparing to protest.
It's one of a handful of gay events set for today as part of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday commemoration:
The Jan . 19 protest begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue, which is across from the church. (Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in a staging area at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Jackson.) Other progressive groups, including the newly-formed GLBT ATL, are expected to take part in the event, which ends at 10 a.m. Warren is scheduled to speak during a 10 a.m. service.
YOUTHFUL HISTORY: It's MLK weekend, after all, and YouthPride has an interesting event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its Inman Park office. Winston Johnson, a gay Atlantan and longtime friend of Coretta Scott King, will take part in a panel discussion. Joining him is Dave Heyward of the gay history project Touching Up Our Roots.
DOGGIE STYLE:Pets Are Loving Support, is the beneficiary of the local celebrity-filled Doggies on the Catwalk, which begins at 8 p.m. at Grady High School. The event features local celebs strutting their stuff down the runway with their pooches and showcases the work of the high school's Urban Couture fashion students. For more, check out an item from Peach Buzz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After, there's a reception at nearby Piedmont Bark that begins at 9 p.m. Event: $25, reception: $10 donation.
David magazine takes full advantage of the busy MLK weekend and upcoming presidential inauguration with its new issue this week.
Among the interesting pieces inside is one by Mike Fleming, the magazine's former editor and my best friend. "Together we can" takes all of the chatter these days about change and turns it into a challenge by asking what you're doing to create positive change not only in your life, but in those of others.
Charlie Stadtlander had last week to himself as he announced his campaign to unseat Anne Fauver from her District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.
But Fauver (photo), a lesbian and two-term incumbent, came out swinging in a Southern Voice article today about the race, charging that her gay opponent "may not understand" the city's budget process after hearing the charges he leveled at her during his Jan. 7 campaign launch.
Also of note in the Southern Voice article is that Fauver has flip-flopped when it comes to bar hours in the city.
BLOOD WORK: Gay artist Robert Sherer speaks to the Atlanta Executive Network. The Kennesaw State University art professor is well known for his "Blood Works," which incorporates HIV-positive blood used as ink. Read more about the Alabama native and his KSU scholarship drive in a recent Southern Voice article. 7 p.m. at Trois in Midtown. $20
LESBIAN DRAMA: Hundreds of lesbians are expected to catch a peek at the season premiere of Showtime's "The L Word" during an event at the Wild Mustang. The evening, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show airing an our later, is one of dozens across the country sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the network. Suggested donation: $10.
Gay and lesbian activists say they will "peacefully protest" the appearance of Rev. Rick Warren on Monday when he stops in Atlanta to take part in the holiday commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California, has been the subject of controversy since President-elect Barack Obama selected him to deliver the invocation during the inaugural on Jan. 20. Then news surfaced that Warren, who supported the anti-gay Proposition 8 in his home state and made unflattering comments about gay men and lesbians, would headline the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Jan. 19.
Those silly straight folks continued to make a mockery of marriage on Monday, this time before the Georgia Supreme Court.
Sheree Whitfield, one of the attitude-driven members of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," pushed her divorce case to the high court on Monday, before dismissing her appeal of a divorce settlement at the last minute. The legal tussle just adds to the drama and fans of the show here are getting a bonus, just like what you might find as extras on a DVD release of the show's first season.
Find out which "Real Housewives" will be hitting gay clubs over MLK weekend after the jump. READ MORE »
The networking group Social Tuesdays tries a little taste of Southeast Asia tonight with its weekly evening of cocktails, conversation and connections.
The popular event shifts to Spice Market at W Atlanta Midtown, the remake of the hotel that sits on 14th Street near Piedmont Park. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m. Stop in for a drink or dinner and if you haven't already, take a look around at the W and the renovations that made it part of the upscale brand.
Gird your loins. The Georgia General Assembly returned to the State Capitol today.
This bastion of leadership -- the same folks that bring us legislation including Amendment 1, which banned same-sex unions in the state for the second time -- is back in session.
Let's hope a projected $2 billion budget deficit will keep the Republican-controlled building away from the social issues it tends to favor. It's not an election year, so lawmakers might not be so inclined to show off for their conservative constituents.
But there is already jockeying among anti-gay elected officials on the GOP side of the 2010 governor's race. Those candidates include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Karen Handel and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.
It's apparently Divorce Day for the seven justices of the Georgia Supreme Court.
Consider what's on their docket today:
• The case of a Fayette County couple in which the ex-husband, who is gay, is attempting to overturn a lower court order that he not be allowed to bring the couuple's four children around his "homosexual partners and friends."
• The case of Sheree Whitfield (photo), one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Rev. Al Sharpton is back in Atlanta today to help launch a new religious effort that wants to bring together gay-friendly churches.
Sharpton headlines the First Annual Human Rights Ecumenical Service at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the kick-off of the Alliance of Affirming Faith-Based Organizations. Sharpton, long a proponent of full marriage equality for gay men and lesbians, will be joined at the service by Rev. D.A. Meredith, the church's bisexual pastor and director of the alliance, and Shelia Merritt, president of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The service begins at 5 p.m. at the church on Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward.
Charlie Stadtlander (photo left), a 28-year-old gay teacher, formally announced his bid for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council this week, a move he hopes will unseat Anne Fauver, a two-term incumbent and the council's only openly gay member.
Stadtlander made the announcement on Wednesday during an event at Cowtippers in Midtown, which sits inside the heavily-gay district he hopes to represent. The election is in November. Fauver has said she will seek a third term and the race may also include Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a tight race to Fauver in 2005.
There's more, including photos from the announcement, after the jump. READ MORE »
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